Commercial trucks with The Route plug and play repower kit
Wrightspeed, which several years ago introduced its X1 prototype (a one-off Ariel Atom with electric propulsion), has been developing for some time hybrid powertrains for different applications.
Its latest product is the Route HD electric driveline with an on-board turbine generator capable of burning diesel, CNG, LNG, or landfill gases, for heavy-duty vehicles.
Wrightspeed is now developing this electric-drive powertrain for the heavy duty waste collection market.
"The system is designed as a repower kit, so commercial fleets can retrofit their existing trucks. This helps get dirty powertrains off the road, without necessitating the purchase of a brand-new asset."
"Like all Wrightspeed products, the Route HD is a series hybrid system that uses electric motors that power the wheels, along with a battery, and a turbine range-extending generator that charges the battery as needed. The result is a system that looks like battery electric vehicle (EV) that has its power station and grid charger onboard."
Wrightspeed founder and CEO, Ian Wright—a co-founder of Tesla Motors—stated:
"Even if Wrightspeed’s Route HD powertrain is never plugged in, it's cleaner than an EV, because the exhaust emissions are lower per kWhr than the average mix of US power stations."
Additionally, Wrightspeed offers medium duty powertrains Route and Circuit - and an AWD ultra-performance powertrain for supercar manufacturers.
The Route Powertrain